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Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds
Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad's wishes   Read More ...
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Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province
ALTUN KUPRI (IRAQ) (AFP) - Iraqi forces on Friday clashed with Kurdish fighters as the central government said it wrestled back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a lightning operation following a controversial independence vote. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said police, counter-terrorism units and allied militias seized the Altun Kupri region, expanding the central government's territory to within 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region   Read More ...
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U.S. urges Iraq to avoid clashes with Kurds near Kirkuk
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Friday urged the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal troops in disputed areas to those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. In a statement, it said Washington was concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri. "The reassertion of federal authority over disputed areas in no way changes their status – they remain disputed until their status is resolved in accordance with the Iraqi constitution," it said   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds
BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad’s wishes   Read More ...
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Rising tensions escalate into full-blown combat between Iraqi and Kurdish forces
The cars slowed as they approached a berm on the northern outskirts of this small town. A Kurdish peshmerga fighter at the checkpoint, instead of waving them through, began pointing urgently to the left — just as the whistle-boom of a mortar shell, a close one, sounded nearby. Soon there was more trouble: Humvees and armored vehicles careened in and quickly set up defensive positions behind the berm   Read More ...
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US urges Iraq to avoid clashes with Kurds near Kirkuk
The US State Department on Friday urged the Baghdad government to avoid clashes in northern Iraq by limiting the movement of federal troops in disputed areas to those coordinated with the Kurdistan Regional Government. In a statement, it said Washington was concerned by reports of violent clashes around the town of Altun Kupri. "The reassertion of federal authority over disputed areas in no way changes their status – they remain disputed until their status is resolved in accordance with the Iraqi constitution," it said   Read More ...
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Kurdish and Iraqi forces in fierce clash in Kirkuk
Baghdad: Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchanged heavy fire on Friday as Iraqi troops backed by allied militias captured the remaining district of the disputed Kirkuk province. The two sides, both close military partners during the fight against the Islamic State, turned their weapons on each other in a region bordering Kirkuk and the Kurdish capital of Irbil early on Friday - marking the heaviest clashes since Iraq's military began a campaign last week to reclaim areas it lost in 2014   Read More ...
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How the Kurdish independence referendum backfired spectacularly
IRBIL, Iraq — When Kurdish forces recaptured the town of Sinjar from the Islamic State two years ago, the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region gave a triumphant speech on a mountainside, with a breathtaking view of plains behind him. Only the Kurdish flag would ever fly here, he pledged. But today, the Iraqi flag flutters in the town and across a swath of disputed territory in northern Iraq   Read More ...
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Kurds Protesting in Iraq Turn Their Anger Against U.S.
Ali Nabhan Oct. 20, 2017 2:26 p.m. ET ERBIL, Iraq—Several hundred Kurdish demonstrators protested outside the U.S. consulate here on Friday, accusing one of their closest allies of standing by as Iraqi forces dislodged them from a contested territory in the north of the country. Protesters outside the consulate in Erbil, the capital of the semiautonomous Kurdish region, carried banners   Read More ...
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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk
SULAIMANIA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said. Major-General Qassem Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, travelled to Iraq's Kurdistan region to meet Kurdish leaders at least three times this month before the Baghdad government's lightning campaign to recapture territory across the north   Read More ...
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Turkish raids kill nine PKK gunmen N. Iraq
ANKARA, Oct 20 (KUNA) -- Turkish fighter jets killed nine Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) armed men in raids they launched over northern Iraq, the army said in a statement Friday. It added that fighter jets raided some PKK positions in Zap, northern Iraq, and killed nine PKK gunmen. PKK resumed military operations against Turkish forces in July 2015, ending a three and a half years lull   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces seize disputed town after clashes with Kurds
ALTUN KUPRI, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops seized a town from Kurdish forces after a brief but intense firefight on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq. By evening, the Iraqi forces were in full control of the town of Altun Kupri though Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, were still shelling the town   Read More ...
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Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province
ALTUN KUPRI: Iraqi forces on Friday (Oct 20) clashed with Kurdish fighters as the central government said it wrestled back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a lightning operation following a controversial independence vote. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said police, counter-terrorism units and allied militias seized the Altun Kupri region, expanding the central government's territory to within 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region   Read More ...
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Clashes as Iraq army takes last Kurd-held area of Kirkuk province
Iraqi forces on Friday clashed with Kurdish fighters as the central government said it wrestled back control of the last area of disputed Kirkuk province in the latest stage of a lightning operation following a controversial independence vote. Iraq's Joint Operations Command said police, counter-terrorism units and allied militias seized the Altun Kupri region, expanding the central government's territory to within 50 kilometres (30 miles) of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region   Read More ...
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French jihadists in Syria and Iraq: What can France do?
Our panel of international journalists discusses Kurdish-led Syria militias victory over IS on Raqqa, while their Iraqi counterparts were retreating in Kirku   Read More ...
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In Kirkuk, Kurds' joy turns to fear after Iraqi army takeover
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkmen and Arab shoppers stroll through an open-air food market in an ethnically mixed area of Kirkuk, haggling over the price of tomatoes and gossiping about their neighbours. Ostensibly, it's a normal day in the city of 1 million in northern Iraq. But nearby stand Iraqi Army soldiers, sent by the central government in Baghdad this week to wrest control of the city from Kurds after their vote for independence on Sept   Read More ...
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In Kirkuk, Kurds' joy turns to fear after Iraqi army takeover
KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkmen and Arab shoppers stroll through an open-air food market in an ethnically mixed area of Kirkuk, haggling over the price of tomatoes and gossiping about their neighbors. Ostensibly, it’s a normal day in the city of 1 million in northern Iraq. But nearby stand Iraqi Army soldiers, sent by the central government in Baghdad this week to wrest control of the city from Kurds after their vote for independence on Sept   Read More ...
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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk
A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said.Soleimani met leaders from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the two main Kurdish political parties in northern Iraq, in the city of Sulaimania the day before Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered his forces to advance on Kirkuk, according to a PUK lawmaker briefed on the meeting   Read More ...
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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk
SULAIMANIA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said. Major-General Qassem Soleimani, commander of foreign operations for Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, traveled to Iraq’s Kurdistan region to meet Kurdish leaders at least three times this month before the Baghdad government’s lightning campaign to recapture territory across the north   Read More ...
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Oil geopolitical-risk rally fades as Iraq works to revive fields
Singapore/London: A surge in crude prices faded as Iraq sought to restore flows from fields in a disputed region after violence had curbed output in Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (Opec’s) second-biggest producer. Futures fell as much as 1.1 per cent in London, further eroding the gain of 3.4 per cent from last Friday through Wednesday as tensions flared in the Kirkuk province   Read More ...
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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border
Arbil: Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of manoeuvres that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq. Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of Altun Kupri, a town of about 9,000 people just outside the country’s autonomous Kurdish region, a day after Brigadier General Raad Baddai gave warning he was going to enter the town   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces clash with Kurdish fighters in town north of Kirkuk
Erbil (CNN)Clashes between Iraqi forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters broke out Friday as Iraqi units moved north of Kirkuk to the town of Altun Kupri. Fighting began when Iraqi troops and Shia militias entered Altun Kupri in an operation "to impose law and order," according to the Iraqi military. "We don't want to be ruled by Iran," he added, a reference to the fact that some of Iraq's Shia militias -- known as Popular Mobilization Units -- are backed by Tehran   Read More ...
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State Department “not aware” of, er, Iranian coordination with Iraq
The State Department on Thursday cast doubt on reports that Iranian military forces have cooperated with Iraq in a brewing fight with a key U.S. partner in the country. “I’m not aware of any Iranian involvement in that, per se,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Thursday. Iran’s influence over the central government in Baghdad has alarmed U.S. lawmakers and foreign policy leaders amid an outbreak of infighting   Read More ...
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Germany says hopes to resume training of Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany hopes to resume its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq on Sunday, provided the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government does not worsen, a German defence ministry spokesman said on Friday. Germany suspended its training assistance last week citing the increased tensions between Baghdad and the Kurds after the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq voted in a non-binding referendum for independence   Read More ...
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Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks
JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say. Israel has been the only major power to endorse statehood for the Kurds, partly, say analysts, because it sees the ethnic group - whose population is split among Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran - as a buffer against shared adversaries   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad's wishes   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces complete takeover of oil-rich Kirkuk province
Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad's wishes   Read More ...
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Russia's Rosneft to take control of Iraqi Kurdish pipeline amid crisis
The move appears to be part of a strategy by President Vladimir Putin to boost Moscow’s Middle Eastern political and economic influence, which was weakened by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Rosneft’s investment comes amid a crisis in Kurdistan’s relations with the central government in Baghdad since the region held an independence referendum last month, which angered neighbors Iran and Turkey   Read More ...
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Iraq army seizes town near Erbil after fierce clashes
Iraqi forces have seized control of a town in the Kurdish oil-rich province of Kirkuk, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds handover territory across the north and east of the country. The federal army, backed by Shia militias, seized control of Altun Kupri, some 40km south of Erbil on Friday, after fierce fighting broke out between Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, local media reported   Read More ...
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Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say. Israel has been the only major power to endorse statehood for the Kurds, partly, say analysts, because it sees the ethnic group - whose population is split among Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran - as a buffer against shared adversaries   Read More ...
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Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad’s army, Israeli officials say. Israel has been the only major power to endorse statehood for the Kurds, partly, say analysts, because it sees the ethnic group - whose population is split among Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran - as a buffer against shared adversaries   Read More ...
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Russia's Biggest Oil Firm To Control Iraqi Kurdish Pipeline Amid Crisis
LONDON/MOSCOW: Russia's biggest oil company, Rosneft, has agreed to take control of Iraqi Kurdistan's main oil pipeline, boosting its investment in the autonomous region to $3.5 billion despite Baghdad's military action sparked by a Kurdish vote for independence. The move appears to be part of a strategy by President Vladimir Putin to boost Moscow's Middle Eastern political and economic influence, which was weakened by the collapse of the Soviet Union   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces, Peshmerga clash in town north of Kirkuk
Erbil (CNN)Clashes between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga fighters broke out Friday as Iraqi forces moved north of Kirkuk to the town of Altun Kupri. Fighting began when Iraqi forces, including Popular Mobilization Units, entered Altun Kupri in an operation "to impose law and order," according to the Iraqi military. Clashes were still ongoing in the northern part of the town. Altun Kupri -- a multi-ethnic town made up of Kurds, Turkmen and Arabs -- is located about 20 miles north of Kirkuk   Read More ...
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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border
ALTUN KUPRI, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces are exchanging fire at the border between federal and Kurdish lands, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across northern Iraq. Iraqi artillery forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of the town of Altun Kupri. Thick smoke could be seen rising from a checkpoint just north of the town. Kurdish forces responded with rocket fire   Read More ...
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Kirkuk: Iraqi and Kurdish forces in fierce fight
There have been fierce clashes between Kurdish and Iraqi troops north of Kirkuk city, days after the Iraqi army took control of disputed areas. The district is the last area in Kirkuk province still held by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. Iraqi forces have this week taken over swathes of territory which had been held by the Kurds since 2014. Army and allied militia launched an operation which saw Kurdish forces pushed back into the officially recognised autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI)   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, IRAQ (REUTERS) - Iraqi forces took control on Friday (Oct 20) of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad's wishes   Read More ...
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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border
ALTUN KUPRI, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces are exchanging fire at the border between federal and Kurdish lands, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across northern Iraq. Iraqi artillery forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of the town of Altun Kupri. Thick smoke could be seen rising from a checkpoint just north of the town. Kurdish forces responded with rocket fire   Read More ...
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Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border
ALTUN KUPRI, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi and Kurdish forces are exchanging fire at the border between federal and Kurdish lands, days after Kurds withdrew from disputed territories across northern Iraq. Iraqi artillery forces shelled Kurdish military positions north and south of the town of Altun Kupri. Thick smoke could be seen rising from a checkpoint just north of the town. Kurdish forces responded with rocket fire   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds
Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad's wishes   Read More ...
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Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds
BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said. The district of Altun Kupri, or Perde in Kurdish, lies on the road between the city of Kirkuk - which fell to Iraqi forces on Monday - and Erbil, capital of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq that voted in a referendum last month to secede from Iraq against Baghdad’s wishes   Read More ...
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